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FREE Spring Break Fun in Connecticut

Looking for April Break fun that won’t break the bank? Try these FREE family fun activities for kids. From library programs, to community events, to playground fun- there’s something for everyone. You don’t need to go far to have a great time! 

Check out these Library Programs: 

April 17: Lego Time at the Willimantic Public Library: Monday, Apr. 17, 4:00-5:30 pm Ages 5+: Come build and play together using the library’s large LEGO® collection!

April 17: Spring Egg Hunt for Teens at the Portland Library: This is not your average egg hunt. Play Minute to Win It games to establish your starting time then race for eggs filled with tricks and treats.

April 18: Do, Re, Mi, You: Musical Program at Avon Free Public Library: A music program for children 6 and under with caregiver with Ms. Jaimee on the Children’s Department Main Floor!

April 18: Lily Pad Art at the Willimantic Public Library: Tuesday, Apr. 18, 4:00 pm Ages 6+: Join us to make a beautiful mixed media work of art of a flowering lily pad using watercolor, tissue paper, and other materials.

April 18: Cherry Blossom Luminaries Make and Take: Children ages 6-12 years can join Ms. Carlye in making a Cherry Blossom Luminaries! Registration opens ONE WEEK before the program date, on April 11th. The event will be marked as full until the registration opens. The instructional video will air on April 18th, one week after registration opens. 

April 18: The Colorful World of Yayoi Kusama: Learn about the colorful world of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (known as “The Princess of Polka Dots”) and create an art project in her signature style. Ages 6 to 11.

April 18- 20: Art Exploration: Cardboard Loom Weaving We’ll make an easy loom out of cardboard, and weave mats out of a variety of colored yarns. Session 1- Tuesday, April 18th @ 3:15 PM Session 2- Thursday, April 20th @ 3:15PM or Take & Make (Pickup Thursday, April 20th) Registration is required: 

April 19: Let’s Build: A STEAM Program at Welles Turner Memorial Library: For kids in grades Kindergarten-6. Plenty of LEGO® building bricks will be provided for kids to complete different challenges. Work with a team or on your own in this fun competition.. Registration begins April 5 for residents; April 16 for nonresidents.

April 19: Snacks around the world: The Children’s and Teen Libraries are combining forces to bring you: Snacks Around the World! Take a culinary journey with us to The Netherlands as we try sweet, savory, and delicious snacks. This program will also include trivia and ranking of the snacks that you try! Ages 6 to 12.

April 19: Sing and Stomp at Groton Library: Join us for an active music enriched program open to all! Sing & Stomp is a noisy half hour of songs, dance and fingerplays. No registration necessary.

April 19: Weather Wednesday: Spring Showers Handprint Craft *Registration Required*: Children ages 18 months-4 years can make a painted handprint craft with Ms. Sarah! Join us for our monthly in-person Weather Wednesday program where a weather-themed craft is made. To sign up, please stop by the Children’s Desk at the library beginning Wednesday, April 12th, RSVP using the form, or give us a call at 860-628-0947×3.

April 19: Wonder Workshop at the Mansfield Public Library: Families are invited to drop in between 4-6PM as Buchanan Auditorium is transformed weekly into a Wonder Workshop, featuring STEAM activities, themed crafts, and tactile play.  This program is best for preschool and elementary-school age children, but all families are welcome. No registration needed.

April 19: The Craft and the furious at Clinton Library: Join us in the Hidek Hub every third Wednesday of the month for some DIY projects, crafts, painting, building, designing, snacks, and more! For Teens.

April 20: Crafternoons in The Hub: Kindergarten-8th graders may drop-in The Hub at Clinton Library anytime between 3:30-5:00 for a fun afternoon of crafting. Each session will feature a new craft option and time for open-ended exploration with our arts and crafts supplies.

April 20: Poetry Slam at the Stafford Public Library: Share your voice, have fun, and enjoy light refreshments after the slam! The Poetry Slam will have two rounds. Please bring at least 2 poems to participate. Guidelines:

  • Poems must be original work.
  • This is a family-friendly event. Poems should be appropriate for all ages.
  • Readings should not exceed 3 minutes. 
  • No props, costumes, or musical instruments.

For those who wish to practice, local author and poet, Maria Ostrowski will offer a practice session and performance feedback on Monday, April 17th at 6:30 pm at The Stafford Library.

April 21: TinkerLab at Welles Turner Memorial Library

Friday mornings in the Children’s Department are set aside as a time for toddlers and preschoolers to explore literacy, art, science and math with their caregivers. Stations are set up for little ones to learn at their own pace as they play. No registration is needed.

April 21: Planet Earth Story Time and Sensory Table at the Willimantic Public Library:l Celebrate Mother Nature with a bilingual storytime and playtime with our sensory table

April 21: Peep Taste off at the Avon Free Public Library: It’s FINALLY Friday! Come down to the library and hang out after school! Help us determine what the best Peep flavor is! For teens.

Head to the Park:

Here in Connecticut, we have tons of fantastic playgrounds. Check out some of our Spring Favorites, or visit our TikTok/ Youtube Pages to follow along as we visit state playgrounds.

Check your local library for free museum passes or activities: 

Did you know? Your local library offers so much more than books. Try checking out STEM Kits or library passes! Some popular pass options include the Carousel Museum (FREE carousel rides!) or the Connecticut River Museum.

Visit a Local Farm:

Farm season starts early in CT! You can enjoy animals free of charge at many Connecticut farms. Walk amongst the animals at the UConn Dairy Bar or Northwest Park in Windsor. 

Stop and Smell the Flowers:

The Spring Garden at Colorblends in Bridgeport has gorgeous flowers for everyone. Elizabeth Park in Hartford is starting to bloom, and the town of Essex is hosting Daffy Days. Wherever you go, the flowers are bright and beautiful!

We’ll be updating this list throughout the week, so check back often! If you have event suggestions, please email them to: 

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